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  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— State auditor's office: Tom Schweich, Missouri auditor and GOP governor candidate, has died.

  • Great Plains Energy misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Great Plains Energy Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $19.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Great Plains Energy shares have decreased 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Aegion reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. _ Aegion Corp. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $36.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Aegion shares have dropped roughly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS, Feb 25- Viking Cruises Ltd will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The company- whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt- will begin cruising the Mississippi with two...

  • ADM cuts biodiesel output as industry hit by weak margins Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    WINNIPEG/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world's top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand. The Chicago- based agri business has "temporarily" shifted production at its Velva, North Dakota, oilseeds...

  • Isle of Capri Casinos tops Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $5.4 million. Analysts expected $226.3 million, according to Zacks. Isle of Capri Casinos shares have climbed 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Ameren beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    ST LOUIS _ Ameren Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $48 million. Ameren expects full-year earnings to be $2.45 to $2.65 per share. Ameren shares have declined almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased nearly 3 percent.

  • HALLOWELL, Maine— State utility regulators decided Wednesday to reconsider agreements with two companies planning to develop wind power projects in Maine, despite widespread criticism from industry officials who said doing so would be inappropriate and set a dangerous precedent. The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of reopening...

  • EPR Properties reports 4Q results Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ EPR Properties on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.04 per share. Analysts expected $79.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • NEW ORLEANS— European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.. Viking's move will produce 416 new jobs in New Orleans,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings. The justices heard arguments in an appeal filed by current and former employees of energy company Edison International. Fifty-three million people hold...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Three regional Federal Reserve banks in January repeated an unsuccessful push to have the U.S. central bank increase the interest rate charged to commercial banks for emergency loans, according to minutes from Fed board meetings released on Tuesday. Ahead of the Fed's Jan. 27-28 policy-setting meeting, directors of the Philadelphia, Kansas...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 9 Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gives a speech at an event to unveil the new 20 euro banknote- 1400 GMT. LONDON, United Kingdom- Bank of England monetary policy member Kristin Forbes speaks at the annual State of the Economy Conference on "Prospects for the UK Economy" organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs- 0910 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- U.S. brokers and financial advisers would face new constraints under a plan President Barack Obama put forward on Monday to reduce conflicts of interest and "hidden fees" that cost Americans billions of dollars in retirement savings every year. They would have an impact on thousands of brokerages, from large players such as Fidelity, Wells...

  • NEW YORK— Stifel Financial Corp. is buying rival financial services firm Sterne Agee for $150 million, boosting its presence in money management and fixed income. It's the latest move by Stifel, whose other large purchases include the investment advisory unit of Legg Mason last year, the investment bank KBW in 2013 and Thomas Weisel in 2010..

  • Stifel posts 4Q profit Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Stifel Financial Corp. on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $45.2 million. The bank, based in St. Louis, said it had earnings of 58 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $176.1 million, or $2.31 per share.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the University of Missouri, considers a ban that would prevent...

  • ST. LOUIS— Shares of Express Scripts Holding Co. traded higher in extended trading Monday after the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager reported better-than-expected quarterly results. Express Scripts earned $581.8 million, or 79 cents per share, compared with $501.9 million, or 63 cents per share. Express Scripts forecast a profit of $1.07 to $1.11...